17 March 2015 Low-temperature and damage-free transition metal and magnetic material etching using a new metallic complex reaction
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A neutral beam etching process has been developed that achieves damage- free (chemically and physically) etching. Recently, it was found that transition metals could be etched using neutral beam etching through metallic complex reactions. In this process, a neutral beam is extracted from a plasma generation region into a reaction chamber. Complex reactant gases are injected into a reaction chamber which is screened from the plasma during neutral beam etching. In this paper, etching of Pt and CoFeB, candidate materials for MRAM structures by a neutral beam system is described. It was found that etch rate enhancement of Pt/CoFeB surfaces resulted from their exposure to a neutral beam from Ar/O2 plasma with simultaneous injection of EtOH /acetic acid into the reaction chamber. Etching damage was also evaluated and no magnetic hysteresis degradation has been observed. Neutral beam etching technology has the capability to make breakthrough for fabricating MRAM device.
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Toshihisa Nozawa, Ryo Miyama, Shinji Kubota, Kazuki Moyama, Tomihiro Kubota, Seiji Samukawa, "Low-temperature and damage-free transition metal and magnetic material etching using a new metallic complex reaction", Proc. SPIE 9428, Advanced Etch Technology for Nanopatterning IV, 94280N (17 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2178327; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2178327
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